April 3, 2018
Lincoln, Neb. — 4-H, the largest youth development program in the nation, is calling on alumni and supporters to raise their hands to help bring 4-H to 10 million youth by 2025. Currently 4-H empowers nearly six million young people in every county across America, including 1 in 3 age-eligible youth across all 93 counties in Nebraska.
“Having experienced our programs first-hand, our alumni know best what a positive impact 4-H had on them growing up, which is why we’re reaching out to them to support the next generation of true leaders,” said Stuart Shepherd, Executive Director of the Nebraska 4-H Foundation. “We encourage Nebraska alumni to show their 4-H pride and raise their hands for Nebraska 4-H.”
As part of the Raise Your Hand campaign which started April 1 and runs through May 15, 4-H is asking supporters in Nebraska to ‘Raise Your Hand’ to help kids in our community by providing the hands-on learning that only 4-H provides.
“Whether they’re running Fortune 100 companies, performing to sold-out crowds, leading community programs or volunteering to empower local youth, 4‑H alumni are the epitome of true leadership,” said Jennifer Sirangelo, president and CEO, National 4‑H Council. “Our alumni and supporters across the country now have the perfect opportunity to support 4-H youth in their communities, ensuring that the next generation has the opportunity to benefit from the 4‑H experience.”
To join the effort, visit www.4-H.org/RaiseYourHand. Raising a hand is a vote towards a $20,000, $10,000 or $5,000 award for the states with the most hands raised.
Associate Extension Educator